I think I need to share this, keeping with the spirit of the occasion.
I only turned to gin this year. I always thought I hated it, but it turned out that its only tonic I hate. Some brief research showed other mixers are widely in use, so I picked ginger ale.
As I mentioned in the Rockstone yesterday, my current favourite gin is Four Pillars. This is an Aussie tipple, from the Yarra Valley. The “Rare Dry Gin” version uses coriander, juniper, cardamom, star anise, lemon myrtle, Tasmanian mountain pepper, lavender, cinnamon and angelica. The very unusual additon is fresh organic oranges.
To taste, you get spice and sweet on the tongue at once. The heat of the pepperbery is quickly dissipated by the oranges.
You can find this in the UK for around £30. The crazy Aussie tax system means that buying it from the shop at the distillery is more like £60. Oh, I think the bottle is pretty cool too